Ever since Thanksgiving ended, I’ve been dealing with an ever-increasing amount of anxiety.
And even just thinking about it now, is causing the anxiety to re-double onto itself, heartrate elevated, hands periodically shaking, and my brain… oh, my poor brain.
I’m already one of those people who tends to over-think and over-analyze everything. I spend so much time, worrying about the future, concerned about the present, my brain just twists itself into Gordian knots.
Looks a bit like a brain, yeah?
I haven’t been able to even leave my house all weekend, knowing that there are things I should be doing, but I just – can’t.
And it hurts.
Few people understand just how debilitating General Anxiety Disorder can be. It’s a “hidden” mental disorder, because it’s mostly internal. The person suffering from it has a tendency to tuck it away, to not want others to see it, because that makes them appear “weak” or “incapable”. If only they could just “get over it and stop worrying”, everything will be fine. Geez, have a little faith, be more optimistic, wouldja?
But, it’s not that simple.
The Mayo Clinic, as well as many other reputable health sites, define GAD as:
“Generalized anxiety disorder has symptoms that are similar to panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other types of anxiety, but they’re all different conditions.
Living with generalized anxiety disorder can be a long-term challenge. In many cases, it occurs along with other anxiety or mood disorders. In most cases, generalized anxiety disorder improves with medications or talk therapy (psychotherapy). Making lifestyle changes, learning coping skills and using relaxation techniques also can help.”
And I am taking anti-anxiety meds, which do help considerably. I’ve been trying to make healthier choices in my life, both in food, exercise, drinking more water, and working on cutting down on caffeine. My doctor has been impressed with the changes I’ve made since I started seeing her, but we both know there are more changes to be made, so we’re working on the “plan”. So, even though the medication and the change in lifestyle aren’t total fixes, I’m trying. I’m really trying. I don’t want this to be something that takes over my life.
But, this weekend… it’s locked me in place.
The uncomfortable “talk” I had with my dad pretty much threw me off the edge I’d been balancing on, and I’m struggling to pull myself back up and out of it.
I’m working on it, but please, be patient with me.
It’s not as easy as you think to cut through that totally twisted knot.
Excellent post – sorry you are dealing with this, but I get it and you expressed it perfectly. Take care of you and your fans like me will be here. Promise.
LD! I’ve missed you! Thanks for the nice words, it’s nice to see that people from the “blog hood” are still around. I hope life’s treating you well, and again, good to see you!
Good to see you too. I’ve been so absent, but just had cervical neck fusion in addition to that back surgery a couple years ago. I’ll be home for several weeks. I was so anxious about it all. I promise you are doing the right things and although it is hard to see – it will pass. Have you ever read Hyperbole and a Half? Anxiety and depression are a bitch, but you are brave as hell and you will/are kick its ugly ass!
I have read ALL of H&aH! So much truth in such a humorous package, it’s mind boggling.
Holy Hannah, lady, I remember about the back surgery, that was stressful enough; now neck surgery? You are truly brave, lady, and I wish you a speedy recovery!
Jen, check this out. You are not alone – http://m.imgur.com/gallery/aqxfZXd
That is PERFECT. I love it! Thanks, kind lady 🙂